These 50 Rooms Prove A Pop Of Color Is All You Need
White is loved for its simple, clean look, but painting a room in this neutral shade doesn’t have to mean giving up on color. In fact, white has proven that it’s the perfect canvas for brilliant hues in any room of the home. Need proof? Click through for 50 stunning white rooms punctuated with pops of color.
Rich, vibrant hues take center stage in Snob founder Denise Zidel’s cheerful living room. The multicolored strokes in William Perehudoff’s dynamic painting and a stained glass chandelier offset the crisp white walls.
A luxurious pistachio rolled arm bench, woven blue throw and illustrious purple pillows offer cool depth in this high ceiling bedroom.
Custom aqua green benches provide a bold contrast to the natural herringbone-laid hardwood floors in this spacious and symmetrical entryway.
In the Gladstone Hotel’s Lucky Stryke room, designer Tommy Smythe wowed with graphic prints in a kaleidoscope of colors. “I photographed these bar, nightclub and restaurant matchbooks that nod to Toronto’s queer history, drew them and colored them vividly.”
Designer Joel Bray sure knows how to embrace color! Inspired by British designer Rose Uniacke, Bray added silky golden yellow curtains to his light-filled dining room.
Designer Sarah Richardson’s Starlight Farm mudroom is charming in a gorgeous pigeon blue. The use of natural textures, including a row of braided storage baskets and a cowhide-covered bench, give the monochrome space the ultimate down-to-earth appeal.
An eclectic mix of unexpected textures, global prints and vibrant colors delight in homeowner Ali Yaphe’s bohemian entryway. “When we stumble upon things we love, we find a space for them,” says Ali.
Soft, feathery pink blooms cast a whisper of romance in this serene bedroom nook. An accent pillow in teal injects a refined punch of color.
Designer Anne Hepfer brightened this Toronto abode using lively blue and yellow hues inspired by Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco. In the family room, electric blue swivel chairs and throw pillows compliment the swathes of grey, while canary yellow chairs make the dining room sing.
Sunny yellow accents breathe life into the all-white space, while a hued artwork by Stephen Williams, nestled between the built-ins, conjures a feeling of whimsy.
In this artist’s compact Vancouver loft, an eclectic gallery wall commands attention with swirls of color and pattern. “My goal is to merge my work and my lie,” says homeowner Sara Shafran.
With blue statement-colored seating and joyous, dimensional hues underfoot, this Vancouver home office design is anything but boring.
Plenty of striking objets ornament the wall of this neutral living space, but none energize like artist Alex Katz’s radiant red Ariel print.
A coat of sunny yellow paint instantly upgrades a floor-to-ceiling pantry door in this airy kitchen adorned with pale wood millwork.
Tranquil tones of blue sedate this historical Tudor‘s minimal bathroom, swimming augustly in Massimo Vitali’s large-scale photograph of Scala dei Turchi in Italy.
In designer Denisa Nica’s European-inspired condo, a deep cobalt sofa ties in the coffee table’s ceramic bowl from Positano, Italy.
A fiery red armchair sets this neutral room ablaze with personality. The emboldened hue is a definite conversation starter and brilliant contrast to the room’s wraparound grey seating and stark white walls.
Botanical curtains in a bright citrus hue add a dash of vibrancy without taking away from the artful soaker tub, herringbone tile floors and graphic steel windows in this inviting country home.
So long, all-white kitchens! This personality-packed space proves more is more with a green-blue Tolix table, moody lower cabinets and playful artwork painted by one of the homeowner’s children.
A rich eggplant-colored sofa is the perfect place to kick back next to a roaring fire. “In the dead of winter, this is my favorite room in the house,” says homeowner Leigh Gravenor.
For Janine Morrison, founder of Tonic Living, it’s all about the Turkish kilim rug draped over the headboard in her principal bedroom, which offers an eclectic mix of color and pattern to the breezy bedroom.
This formal dining room is all about drama thanks to the sapphire upholstery, eye-catching chandeliers and large custom table.
In designer Joel Bray’s airy kitchen, a velvet tufted banquette in a sophisticated green hue elevates this breakfast nook from refined to restaurant-worthy.
An emerald velvet sofa in a geometric shape beautifully contrasts with a collection of plinths topped with abandoned birds’ nests for a rustic-meets-refined feel.
In this compact office space, a highlighter desk cushion and color-blocked painting add modern edge to the classic mid-century modern desk.
Coastal vibes abound in this dreamy space. The oversized striped couch, seaside photograph and vibrant aloe plant transforms you to a faraway place.
A kilim rug, patchwork pouf and bright pink accent pillow ground all the white in designer Vi Jull’s living room.
With its sunny yellow-striped walls, graphic flower rug and large-scale apple print, this playroom feels perfect for kids.
“What I loved about this apartment is that you see a lot of the sky,” says homeowner Alison Pringle of why she bought her 400-square-foot space. To bring that feeling inside, she painted the ceiling a soft blue and coupled it with a poppy red headboard for warmth and drama.
To make the patterns in her small living room feel connected and not overwhelming, homeowner Alison Pringle stuck to a classic blue and white color scheme.
To give their Toronto condo a sumptuous, glam look, designers Richard Ouellette and Maxime Vandal of Les Ensembliers layered in fabrics and furnishings in dynamic colors, including an apple green lounge chair and cognac-toned sofa.
For a fun contrast to clean white countertops and cabinets, designer Lisa Moody painted this kitchen’s antique barstools a bright golden yellow.
Car- and truck-themed wallpaper brings cheerful pattern to this young boy’s bedroom. Colorfully striped bedding play off the blue, red and white curtains.
In this condo living room, a fiery red rug draws upon the bold colors found in the work of art that hangs above the fireplace.
Homeowner Laurence Martocq layered cheerful hues of pink and orange over a crisp white envelope in her breezy Muskoka cottage. Laurence rotates the colorful accents depending on what shade feels inspiring to her. “Right now, I’m into pink,” she says.
Given artist and homeowner Sara Shafran’s love of colorful furnishings with authentic history, it’s no surprise that her entryway is filled with cool finds including a tapestry of a queen and her grandmother’s vintage dress.
Designer and homeowner Jennifer Scott loves incorporating sentimental pieces into her home, and in her entryway, a collection of mostly pink throws from Morocco make the space feel layered yet light.
Homeowner Elizabeth Margles’ living room has a tabula rasa appeal thanks to a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace (OC-65). The simple white envelope allows for furniture and accessories in a variety of colors to happily coexist.
Designer Theresa Casey used the bold colors found in this homeowner’s art collection as inspiration for the living room’s palette. The finished space feels cozy, comfortable and packed with personality.
White walls and a pale sofa and drapes are the perfect backdrop for a playful mix of fresh fabrics and a deep blue rug in this light-filled living room.
A 26-piece work by German painter Günther Förg transforms a plain white wall into a colorful focal point.
Neutral furniture is enlivened with royal blue accents in this cozy family room. A neon pink task lamp is a playful contrast.
A warm-toned rug adds color underfoot in this Spanish-inspired home. Patterned cement tile on the fireplace and arched mirrors underscore the home’s exotic flavor.
A crisp red and white palette gives this shared children’s bedroom a fresh outlook. On using multiple patterns in a room, designer Kate Stuart says that “the trick is to keep the colors consistent and differ the scale.”
A large-scale, abstract painting commands attention in this spacious dining area. Wall-to-wall steel-case windows frame garden views.
Splashes of jewel-toned color are striking in this living room by designer Samantha Farjo. “The color and pattern in the rug injects life and keeps the room from looking one-dimensional,” she says.
Designer Anne Hepfer drew inspiration from the lapping waves of Lake Rosseau to inform this boathouse’s palette. A white envelope keeps the space feeling bright and breezy, while blue accents throughout nod to nature.
A sapphire blue sofa, pink throw pillows and gold accents pick up on the rich colors from a Turkish rug in this sophisticated sitting area.
While deep blue cabinets make this kitchen colorful in its own right, gold-toned metal accents and a grouping of red counter stools bring vibrancy into the mix.
A bright blue patterned rug visually grounds this lofty cottage living room. Throw pillows and chair fabrics in similar hues further define the room’s relaxed palette.